Unpossible and Other Stories

Daryl Gregory. Fairwood Press, $17.99 trade paper (276p) ISBN 978-1-933846-30-9
From demon-possessed racecars to the horrors of modern science to a super villain prison break, Gregory (The Devil's Alphabet) displays his wide-ranging mastery of science fiction and fantasy in this outstanding short fiction collection. Hard-science highlights include the intellectually and emotionally challenging exploration of neuroscience, consciousness, and identity in "Second Person, Present Tense”; a mix of quantum mechanics and the personal demands of genius in "Dead Horse Point”; and the burgeoning of artificial intelligence and robotics in "Gardening at Night.” Comic book-inspired tales like "Message from the Bubblegum Factory” and "The Illustrated Biography of Lord Grimm” explore the negative effects of superheroes on the world from the point of view of both sidekicks and ordinary citizens. The collection ends strongly with the dark-tinged "The Continuing Adventures of Rocket Boy,” a tale of boys escaping their reality by making their own science fiction movie. All 14 of Gregory's top-notch tales make this an indelible read and a must-have collection for science fiction enthusiasts, proving him to be a rising science star in the genre. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/14/2011
Release date: 11/01/2011
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